Do You Have a Place to Pause?

My daily Chip and JoAnna email came through to my inbox last week. On the email, it showed a beautiful, Magnolia-perfected entryway. The caption read, “A Place to Pause.” 

My usual quick-to-delete hand was immediately slowed as my brain registered the email tagline. I sat for several minutes pondering whether my home was a place for me to pause. 

It is a place for many things.

It offers safety and warmth from extreme Minnesota temperatures. Soft beds provide comfort for...

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God Deposits

“God, I need to see you working. Without you, I feel so alone. I know you are working in the background, but I can’t see you, nor feel or hear you, and I desperately need to keep walking. God, my faith is growing weak, and my soul is depleted. How much longer, God?"  

This month has been tough. I feel exceptionally drained and weak as I continue to try and walk obediently in God’s calling for my life. It is crystal clear that He is, indeed, calling me somewhere -...

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The One Form of Self Care You’re Probably Not Doing, But Should Be

Unworthy. Unqualified. Not enough. 

These were the lies I had been allowing into my thoughts.  

The more I authorized these thoughts into my day-to-day life, the worse I felt. A perfectly peaceful day was ruined by the assault happening in my head.

Can you relate? What lies are you allowing yourself to believe?

Maybe your assault revolves around your physical appearance. Or perhaps it circles your career or your past mistakes.

For me, the lies revolved around God’s...

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Why I Have A New Hero


Do you have a hero? 

Our kids have heroes, don’t they? 

These heroes are usually superhero’s that display incredible strength to fight villains.

As our kids get older, their superheroes move away from make-believe heroes like Spiderman, to real-life people like sports stars, teachers, or pastors. 

As a mama, I’ve never had a hero. 

I’ve had many people I’ve respected and cared about deeply. But, never a superhero. 


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How God Is Changing The Way I Parent

Parenting is the toughest job I have ever held. 

This 24/7, 365 day a year job is the most physically, emotionally, and mentally taxing position I have endured. 

Most days I’m on a constant rollercoaster of highs of highs and lows of lows; going from crying to laughter in minutes. There’s no wonder I find myself collapsing in bed, exhausted and drained from the day’s emotional rollercoaster.

Please don’t get me wrong, I love being a mom! I thank God every day...

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The Best Advice I Have Ever Recieved

I used to live life on my terms, under my strength. 

I would pride myself that I could do life independently. I felt so empowered that I could do most things on my own. If I didn’t know how to do something, I would figure it out. 

On many levels this trait is admirable. I mean everyone should learn how to be independent, confident, and empowered to try, fail, and try again. 

But, today I see and feel the difference between being independent, doing life on my terms, and...

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5 Ways I'm Making God Greater in My Life

As I reflect on 2018, there was one area of my life that I felt God gently tugging at my heart to do more of. 

What is it, you ask?

It is all about allowing God to become greater in my life, while I become less. 

Yes, you heard me right. God has slowly, but relentlessly, been showing me that my time is not as important as His time. 

Now, let me be the first to tell you how hard this is! I mean, I love my "me" time. And now, I need to give it up? 

For a gal who not...

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Do You Have The Right Attitude For Change?

Your attitude determines your success or the lack thereof. 

Without an attitude of perseverance, your ability to sustain behavior change for the long-haul is almost a guarantee to fail. 

You see, it is your attitude that either carries you through the mess of life, or helps you sit in the mess. Because life will happen.

The messes and trials of our days will always be there. Without an attitude of perseverance, there is no way you will make it through the thick of this...

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Want to Know the Secret to Lasting Behavior Change?

Come close. I have a secret to tell you. Breaking old and reestablishing new habits in your life cannot be done by sheer willpower alone. 

That's right! It's impossible! But, society leads us to believe that it can be done.

It is no wonder we often question our failures with thoughts such as, “Why can’t I stick with my goals? Why do I always fail in my attempt to bring about a new habit?” 

Have you ever had these thoughts? I know I have - many times over...

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Why Transformation Requires You to Look Backward, Before Moving Forward


Are you ready to jump into 2019 with two feet forward, ready to make changes in your life so that you can be healthier? 

After all, 2019 is your year to take this leap into a new and different you! It is your year for a fresh start, a renewed you, and a better version of yourself. 

But, wait!

Before you jump, I want you to pause. 

Pause and reflect on the year you are saying good-bye to, before welcoming in the new year. 

By giving yourself permission to...

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